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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trenton area starts cleanup after 'Frankenstorm'

A woman walks past the roots of some overturned trees on a Gainsboro Road property in Lawrenceville in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. (Trentonian photo/Jackie Schear)

Margaret McClease moved from North Carolina to New Jersey to get away from hurricanes. Sitting in the shelter at Joyce Kilmer Elementary School in Trenton Tuesday afternoon in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, she reflected on the decision.
“I have never seen a storm like this,” she said. “But I don’t want to go back down south because it will be worse again.”
She moved from Hunterdon County to Trenton in June, and went to the shelter at the school Tuesday morning after losing power, heat and hot water in the storm.
Sitting in Kilmer with about 40 other residents of the city, she wondered when she or her daughter would go back to school — she attends Mercer County Community College — and when she would get power back in her home.
Many residents of the metropolitan area were asking the same questions Tuesday when cleaning after the storm, many without power.
Hurricane Sandy knocked out power and utilities for more than a million residents of New Jersey with wind, rain and flood waters Monday and Tuesday, downed thousands of trees and took more than three dozen lives, according to the Associated Press, including one man in Princeton.
Princeton Borough Police Capt. Nick Sutter said police responded Monday night to a call that a man had been trapped under a fallen tree on the 1000 block of Great Road. Police and EMS attempted first aid before pronouncing William Sword, 61, dead at the scene. Sutter said they did not know why Sword had been out on his front lawn.
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